This collection was selected and arranged by Robert M. Thornton, who writes of it:
We are not out to save the world. Neither is our aim to idolize a man or endorse every idea embraced by AJN. Nock had a way of setting ideas in motion and then keeping out of their way.
In a note by Jacques Barzun, he writes of Cogitations from Albert Jay Nock:
Here is a small book full of Nock's thoughts, as fresh as they were when first minted. It is not all of Nock, and the effect is less than the sum from which they came. But it is a man thinking, which the republic needs more than it thinks — ambiguity intended.